Striker committed to Clarets Premier League challenge
Danny Ings insists he is 100% committed to helping the Clarets in their Premier League challenge.
The England U21 international has been the subject of widespread speculation as he enters the final year of his four-year deal at Turf Moor.
But Ings is adamant he is happy and not looking to leave, as the club prepare to embark on their top-flight adventure in just one-month’s time.
Last season’s 26-goal top scorer told Clarets Player: “I don’t understand why it has have gone crazy on social media and the like.
“I signed a four-year contract when I came here and obviously I still have a year left.
“I don’t feel there should be any panic. I am just enjoying my football and going into my last year of my contract.
“As far as I am concerned, Burnley Football Club and the Premier League is where I am, 100%.
“Everybody knows I enjoy playing for Burnley Football Club. It’s a fantastic family club and I am not looking to leave.”
A defiant Ings is relishing the opportunity to go head-to-head with some of the biggest players in world football.
And speaking from the club’s Austrian training camp, the former Bournemouth hitman insists the Clarets are in good shape to spring a few surprises.
He added: ”The Premier League is a challenge that me personally, and the whole team are looking forward to.
“I think that’s why we have come back this year even fitter than last year.
“We were such a fit squad anyway, but to come back this year, as we have, shows that the lads really want to have a right go and mix it with the best players in the world.
“One thing I know is we will work as hard as we can from start to finish and just try our best against the top teams and hopefully we can surprise a few people.
“And the way the lads look - and how hungry they look - I think we will do that.”
Ings is also keen to step up his charity work in the coming 12 months. An army of Twitter followers have seen him keep a high profile over the summer shutdown as he looks to give something back to the townsfolk.
And with a special project set to be revealed later this year, the Clarets striker admits he is excited by the prospect of putting more smiles on fans’ faces.
He explained: “In my spare time over the summer I’ve tried to help as many people as I can off the pitch, through things like raising money, school visits and presentation evenings.
“Things like that are very special to me. I’ve tried my best to get into charity work and hopefully, this September, there should be a special project coming.
“Things are being put in place now and it will be something personal to me and something I’ve always wanted to do.”
He added: “Footballers get a lot of spare time and the least I can do is give something back, especially here in Burnley because the first two years the fans were very patient with me after my injuries.
“They waited - and at the moment everything is flying, both personally and for the fans as well!”
The full 11-minute interview with Danny can be seen later tonight on Clarets Player.
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